Marie Coughlan

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I am so sad to hear this. Dr Hamlin was a great woman and an amazing pioneer. I had the great good fortune to visit the Fistula Hospital and meet Dr Hamlin (albeit briefly) some years ago during one of my trips to Addis as a public health consultant. Without her (and her husband) I doubt that repair of obstetric fistula would have become such a well-recognised need globally. She battled her whole life the stigma that this caused and more importantly she handed over her knowledge and passion to her Ethiopian colleagues – the true realisation of how you conduct yourself in public health in resource-poor countries. I am so glad that Australia had such a hero and I think of her every time I go to the harbour and see the ferry named in her honour – a very Sydney icon, that ferry. Brava, Dr Hamlin.

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